The Bookkeeper’s office is located in the racing office. The hours of business:
- On race days are: 1 hour prior to 1st race to penultimate race post.
- Non race days call 604.216.5226 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Horsemen with a GST number are required to have their number on file with the Bookkeeper in order to have tax collected on their behalf. Subject to GPED regulations, purse money is held for 48 hours following the race. Owners claiming a horse must have sufficient funds on account with the Bookkeeper prior to the filing of the claim.
Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association
As a GPEB licensed owner/trainer of Thoroughbred horses, you are automatically a member of the HBPA of British Columbia. For further information contact Neil Stajkowski, Secretary – Treasurer @ 604.831.8408
- Owners receive a complimentary program on the day their horse runs. These may be picked up at any program outlet.
- Upon request, information on nominations, entries, workouts, etc can be provided to you by contacting the race office or on the Hastings Web site at www.hastingsracecourse.com. If you would like them faxed or emailed, simply contact the racing office and we will endeavour to send them to you as quickly as possible.
- Owners with horses in Stake races receive a complimentary table in Silks Restaurant.
The Gaming Policy and Enforcement Division licensing office is located in the racing office adjacent to the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper. License applications are processed at the following times during the live season:
- Monday and Tuesday – Closed
- Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday – 6:00 am to 12:00 pm
- Live Race Days – 6:00am to last race
To contact please call 604.660.9090
For winner’s circle pictures and/or other racing photos, contact Four Footed Fotos @ 604.216.5262 or www.fourfootedfotos.com. Four Footed Fotos offers state of the art digital professional photography, located on the main level of the grandstand just inside the main doors in front of the winner’s circle.
Owners’ parking is provided to each licensed owner each day in the Horsemen’s lot located through Gate 9. The lot is for the use of current GPEB license holders.
Each owner must have their own set of racing silks that the jockey wears while riding your horse in a race. You have them custom made, you pick your own colour or combination of colours, logo or design, etc. These are exclusive to your horse or horses.
For owners’ convenience, Heritage Racing Designs is located on the grounds of the racecourse or you can call Anne MacLennan at 604.253.6164 to order your personalized racing silks.
Psssst – Wanna Buy a Race Horse
There are several different ways to get involved in the fun and excitement of Thoroughbred Horse Ownership.
Step one is to acquire an experienced and trusted advisor (preferably a trainer or trusted blood stock agent that you have selected to do your business with)
Step two is deciding if you want a horse that is already racing, or one that is beginning it’s career.
The four options to acquiring a racehorse are:
- Public Auction
- Claiming Race
- Private Purchase
- Joining a Syndicate
- You may purchase a horse at a Public auction. The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society holds a sale once a year. They feature weanlings, (horses which are less than 1 year old), yearlings (horses that will turn 2 years old on January 1st and eligible to run), horses of racing age (they could be from 2 year olds and up and have already been running but are now for sale), and broodmares (horses that no longer run and could or already have produced offspring) For information on sale dates contact the CTHS office @ 604.574.0145 (Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30)
- You can claim a horse during any live racing season. Claiming races are races in which every horse running may be claimed (bought) under Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (Racing Division) regulations. Claiming prices at Hastings range from $4000- 50,000.You must be approved by the Stewards and issued an open claim (3 – 4 day process) before you claim a horse.
- You also may purchase a horse privately from another owner, breeder, or trainer. It is beneficial to have advice from an experienced trainer or bloodstock agent, as well as having a veterinarian examine the horse prior to purchasing.
- Syndicates and partnerships are becoming increasingly popular. Owners can share the cost with other members. A syndicate can be formed many different ways. You can find the other members yourself, or you can use a professional syndicate manager.